Rose Cousins has shared her new single “The Fraud,” the track is off her her new album, Bravado, available February 21 via Outside Music. Cousins will be touring behind the new album, starting March 5th in Toronto, On.
Rose Cousins on “The Fraud:”
“‘The Fraud’ is the song that was the true seed for this whole record,” says Cousins. “The idea of shooting it in an empty theater as a live performance was the only way I could think to really capture its turbulent vulnerability.” The music video for Bravado’s lead single “The Benefits of Being Alone” recently premiered at Folk Alley, who call the “breezy new number…a breath of fresh air.” Cousins describes Bravado as a record for those who struggle with loneliness and those wishing they had more time alone—for those who struggle to connect with others, or even to connect with their true selves. “I think about how we’re so disconnected,” says Cousins. “I get sucked into my phone and forget to go for a walk because of this sense of obligation I have that convinces me to get as much work done as possible. We’re missing what’s actually happening. I’ve been thinking about how we must be getting close to a breaking point.”
Bravado also marks a chapter of personal and professional growth for Cousins: she is the producer on the record, applying her years of experience, trusting her own ear and pulling thoughtfully from her network of talented colleagues. “I booked some studio days with the intention of making a single and working with some Toronto based musicians I’d always wanted to including Joshua Van Tassel on drums, Robbie Grunwald on keys, Brian Kobayakawa on bass, Dean Drouillard on electric guitars and with Chris Stringer as engineer. Soon after, I realized I was chasing a theme and a feeling I’d been pondering for months and it turned into a whole record of, perhaps, my best writing.” Cousins toured throughout the fall supporting Patty Griffin, and returns to Canada in March of 2020 with special guest John Paul White.
Cousins also writes for film and TV and her songs have appeared on the programs “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Supergirl,” “Reign” and “Nashville,” among others. She has shared stages with songwriters such as Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Lori McKenna, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jann Arden and Ron Sexsmith.
1. The Benefits of Being Alone
2. The Expert
3. The Agreement
4. The Fraud
5. The Time Being (Impending Mortality Awareness Society)
6. The Din
7. The Return (Love Comes Back)
8. The Swimmer (To Be an Old Man)
9. The Lullaby (My Oldest Love)
10. The Benediction (A Good Woman)
11. The Reprise (The Benefits of Being Alone)
March 5—Toronto, ON—Danforth Music Hall*
March 6—Ottawa, ON—NAC Babs Asper Theatre*
March 19—Halifax, NS—Rebecca Cohn Auditorium*
March 20—Fredericton, NB—Wilmot United Church*
March 21—Charlottetown, PEI—Confederation Centre of the Arts*
* with John Paul White